Summertime with the Auric Saxophone Quartet is utterly splendid

Auric Saxophone Quartet, comprised of Sam Corkin, Sally MacTaggart, Alistair Penman, and Jennifer Louise Watson gave an utterly splendid performance in the evocative courtyard of the Bishop’s Curia on Sunday 7 July.  All four performers are splendid musicians, with a solid academic and musical background that made a world of difference to their interpretation of the chosen pieces on the programme.

Tim and Sam from the Royal Academy of Music

Tim and Sam from the Royal Academy of Music

It was a choice that whetted all appetites, from the sedate Bach and Rameau to more light-hearted but no less demanding pieces by Gershwin and Gregory.  No less beautiful was a VIAF 2019 Alistair PenmanVIAF 2019 Sally MacTaggartselection of traditional pieces from the 4 British Isles, to include the ever wonderful ‘Londonderry Air’, better known as ‘Danny Boy’.  The final number, Buttall’s The Lone Arranger goes Sax mad brought the house down, with its blending of Rossini’s William Tell overture and other well-known works.

VIAF 2019 Jennifer Louise Watson

We can only hope that Auric Quartet will be tempted back to Calypso land to regale us once more with their wonderful playing!  Summertime with the Auric makes the livin’ easy!